Community led Centre for Excellence for Agro-ecology and Agro-biodiversity launched in Malkangiri district by Government of Odisha

Blog by Dinesh Balam, Program Coordinator, Odisha Millets Mission and WASSAN | January 27, 2021

On the eve of International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) in 2020, District Administration of Malkangiri, Odisha issued terms and references for committee on agro-ecology and agro-biodiversity with focus on Swabhiman Anchal of Chitrakonda.

Accordingly, since May 2020, characterisation of native goat breed by name “Malkangiri Goat” was completed and submitted to NBAGR for registration. In addition, collection of native landraces of finger millet, little millet, turmeric and other crops are also in process. Collaboration is also being proposed with anthropologists for documentation of linkages between culture and agriculture.

Initiative has generated enormous enthusiasm in the national and international arena. A district committee on agro-ecology and agro-biodiversity has already received praise and recognition in the “Organic and Natural Farming in India: Challenges and Possibilities” from Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi.

In this context, Community led Centre for Excellence for Agroecology and Agrobiodiversity launched in Malkangiri by Government of Odisha. Mr Subroto Bagchi, Chairman OSDA was the chief guest. Dr Saurabh Garg IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture & FE was guest of honour. This centre aims to become on-farm custodian of genetic diversity of flora of the biodiversity-rich KBK region. It is proposed that centre will also take up active participatory research on biodiversity-related activities with the active collaboration of community especially WSHGs. Centre will take up in-situ conservation and maintain the genetic purity of landraces. It will also undertake diverse seed production of endemic varieties which are in demand by the farmers and supply through Women SHGs/SHG Federations/Farmer producer organizations. In addition, strengthening the biodiversity management committees with focus on biodiversity registers in the district shall be taken up on mission mode.

Centre will engage with CSOs, experts and farmer activists involved in conservation of native landraces/germplasm within and outside Odisha. In addition, International Experts from Food & Agriculture Organisation, UK-India Agriculture ecology initiative, Coventry University, Welthungerhilfe and others have evinced interest to engage with Agro-ecology initiatives of the district. Aim of centre is not to just undertake research and conservation, but to ensure access of diverse quality germplasm to farmers and make a material difference in people’s lives through sustainable use of genetic resources. It is also proposed to engage with NBPGR and other institutes to bring germplasm stored in the cryogenic labs back to farmer fields. Alternative seed systems for indigenous landraces is also proposed to be piloted in due course of time. Necessary protocols are proposed to be developed accordingly. 



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FARMER PRODUCER ORGANISATIONS (FPOs) TO PROCURE MILLETS (RAGI) FOR PDS & ICDS IN ODISHA

Written d by Dinesh Balam / Shubham Sharma, WASSAN – OMM | December 17, 2020

(Inauguration of Ragi procurement through Maasunadei Producer Company Limited in Komana Nuapada under Odisha Millets Mission by Collector & District Magistrate Nuapada)

Government of Odisha has initiated procurement of ragi since 2018 under Odisha Millets Mission initiative.

Ragi procurement was started in 8 districts in 2018 namely Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Rayagada and Sundergarh. This was later extended to 14 districts in 2019.

94895 quintals of ragi was procured in the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2019-20. Procured ragi is being distributed through PDS and ICDS. Under ICDS, procured ragi is being used to prepare ragi ladoos in two districts namely Keonjhar and Sundergarh. 1.57 Lakh children are covered through the ragi ladoo initiative under ICDS in 2 districts of Odisha.  

Farmer producer organisation (FPO) is the block level implementing organisation for OMM. 65 FPOs registered in 2 years and registration of 15 more FPOs is expected to be completed by end of 2021 under OMM.

With support of Mr Shirish Joshi, FPO strategy was developed for the OMM in 2019. Experiences of many organisations within Odisha and other expert agencies such as VRUTTI, IRRI and others helped in fine-tuning the strategy.

A Service Centric FPO model is being piloted under OMM. This model focused on production of local seeds, production of Bio inputs, setting up farm-gate post-harvest and primary processing units, custom hiring centers, etc through FPOs. In addition, FPOs were encouraged to provide services for work orders for MGNREGA, access to government schemes (including procurement) and insurance services to small and marginal farmers.

Government of Odisha has approved pilot procurement ragi through FPOs in 16 blocks in 7 districts.

FPOs shall undertake registration of the farmers, support the awareness generation on ragi procurement, facilitate the labor for loading and unloading and oversee the procurement process and generation of receipts in their respective blocks.

In Nuapada district, UN-FAO and MoA-NRAA are also supporting and studying the procurement of ragi through FPO in Komana block.  Service centric FPO model of OMM is being explored as an institutional instrument for circular economy by UN-FAO and MoA-NRAA.

A detailed selection/screening process was undertaken for selection of FPOs in the selected pilot blocks.  A district level committee with representatives from ATMA, WASSAN and TDCCOL was formed to oversee the process.

After verification of business transactions, physical verification of the available infrastructure and personal interaction with board of directors, 16 FPOs have been selected from 16 blocks.

Data entry operators were recruited by the FPOs for the farmer registration and other procurement activities. Data entry operators, FPO members and NGOs were trained in the operation of procurement software and other IT applications.

They were also trained on the accounting and other processes for undertaking the procurement activities. Training on Fair average quality (FAQ) standards for the procurement to FPOs is also under the process for all the FPO members.

Based on the experiences and learning, Government of Odisha is planning to scale up the procurement activities through FPOs in the 14 districts of Odisha.

“Millet Shakti Cafés – Quick Service Restaurant by WSHGs” to be launched by Mission Shakti and Odisha Millets Mission

Written by Dinesh Balam, Programme Secretariat (WASSAN) Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) | September 28, 2020

“Rs 32.72 Cr is provisioned for supporting millet entrepreneurship and awareness campaigns through Women SHGs for 3 yrs in 14 districts. More than 100 WSHG entrepreneurs will be trained and supported in 14 districts as part of the project. In addition, they will also be sent to CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore for advance training and certification process.


Mission Shakti (Directorate of WSHGs, WCD Department,  Odisha) and Odisha Millets Mission signed a memorandum of agreement for promotion of millet entrepreneurship and millet awareness campaigns through WSHGs in 14 districts of Odisha. Mission Shakti has WSHG membership of 70 Lakh women members in Odisha. Odisha Millets Mission is flagship initiative of Agriculture & FE Dept, Odisha in 14 districts. Rs 32.72 Cr is provisioned for supporting millet entrepreneurship and awareness campaigns through Women SHGs for 3 yrs in 14 districts.

Key features of the MoA are as follows:-

(1) 15 Millet Shakti Café (Quick Service Restaurant) proposed to be run by SHGs supported by Mission Shakti will be established within the next year in urban areas of Odisha. Millets based hot cooked items, bakery products, packaged millet grains and ready to cook products will be sold in these urban outlets.

(2) Women SHGs of Mission Shakti in 14 districts shall take up massive awareness campaigns targeting HH level consumption of millets.

(3) Capacity building of Women SHGs in 14 districts on Nutritional aspects of millets, Preparation of millet recipes and Inclusion of ragi ladoos in ICDS.

(4) Millet Entrepreneurship through WSHGs

[a] 2 Millet processing and value addition units per block in 76 blocks.
[b] 5 Millet Kiosk per block in 76 blocks.
[c] 1 Mobile millet outlets per district in 14 districts.

More than 100 WSHG entrepreneurs will be trained and supported in 14 districts as part of the project. In addition, they will also be sent to CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore for advance training and certification process.

Inclusion of Ragi Ladoos to start in Keonjhar as part of Odisha Millets Mission (OMM)

Written by Dinesh Balam, Odisha Millets Mission | February 15, 2020

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CSIR CFTRI shared their technical analysis with District Administration of Keonjhar

In the first cabinet meeting held on 29th May 2019 , Cabinet of Government of Odisha under chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister has approved inclusion of ragi ladoos in ICDS scheme.

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Letter regarding Cabinet Approval for supply of Ragi ladoos in ICDS

As a followup to this approval, a series of technical meetings have been convened under the chairmanship of Dr Saurabh Garg IAS, Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Govt of Odisha. CSIR CFTRI , Mysore was roped in as technical and scientific partner for overseeing the inclusion of millets in ICDS by Government of Odisha

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between District Administration of Keonjhar, CSIR-CFTRI, State Secretariat (NCDS & WASSAN) of Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) to initiate the pilot inclusion of millets with approval of Govt of Odisha.

CSIR-CFTRI was tasked to undertake technical analysis and feasibility of inclusion of different millet recipes in ICDSBased on the study of ragi samples and discussion with the ICDS, a consultative meeting was organised to ground the implementation of inclusion of millets in ICDS in Keonjhar District under the Odisha Millets Mission (OMM).

Meeting focused on action plan and implementation strategy development for the pilot inclusion of millets including research and data collection methodologies.

  1. Dr. Usha Dharamraj from CFTRI, Mysore
  2. DSWO, Keonjhar
  3. Team Leader, DMF, Keonjhar
  4. State Coordinator, Programme Secretariat
  5. Ekjut
  6. WOSCA
  7. OMM partner NGOs of Keonjhar District.

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Chhatua making unit run by Radhakrishna SHG

For setting up of machinery for inclusion of ragi ladoos, an technical assessment of Chhatua making unit run by Radhakrishna SHG, Sadar block was also carried out in presence of DSWO madam and Dr. Usha Dharamraj from CFTRI, Mysore

Based on the field visits and discussions with stakeholders, consensus emerged that it is feasible to implement inclusion of ragi ladoos in ICDS in Keonjhar.

While inclusion of millets (jowar and little millet) in hot cooked meal is difficult to be implemented with current capacities. It shall be taken up in phased manner after streamlining of the inclusion of ragi ladoos in ICDS.

After implementation of the pilot, it shall be taken up in the other districts of OMM in phased manner. A detailed action plan shall be submitted for the consideration of the Collector & DM, Keonjhar.

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Based on the Study of CFNS and SDRC, Union Minister recommends Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) – Framework for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Initiatives

Written by Dinesh Balam, WASSAN | February 11, 2020

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Conference Room of Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Steel, Government of India  – Download the study

Comparison between NFHS and CNNS data for Odisha prepared by SDRC in collaboration with CFNS presented to Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan on 29 Nov’2019. The recently released Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) 2016-2018 conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF with the support of Population Council researchers provides a nationally representative data on the nutritional status of preschoolers (0–4 years), school-age children (5–9 years) and adolescents (10–19 years) with an aim to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition among children and adolescents and to identify key factors associated with nutrition.


KEY POLICY OF CFNS & SDRC STUDY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Follow the life cycle approach with focus on 1st 1000 days
  2. Strengthen Poshan Abhiyan outreach through intensive awareness campaign
  3. Promote dietary diversity for balanced and healthy diet
  4. Implement integrated rainfed agriculture centric programmes with focus on pulses, millets, backyard poultry, kitchen garden and small fisheries
  5. Use technology solution for robust and transparent monitoring mechanism

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This survey was also one of the largest micronutrient surveys ever implemented globally. This report can provide direction to guide us in the right direction to reach the target of National Nutrition Mission 2022 and UN Sustainable Development Goals that aims to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Dr Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director, the Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) and its members met with the Honourable Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. CFNS made a presentation to the Honourable Minister on the vision and objectives of CFNS and its proposed plan to set up Odisha State Chapter in close coordination with CFNS members.

The Coalition also presented a plan to the Honourable Minister for getting the desired nutrition outcomes among the mothers and children in the Eastern Region (Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh) through multisectoral approach, active nutrition working group, Purvodaya Poshan Manthan on learnings and best practises among government, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academicians, technical institutions, corporates etc.

Honourable Minister released the data sheet of key nutrition indicators based on NFHS, RSOC and CNNS and key policy asks for nutrit ion outcomes which was prepared by Siddha Development Research and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd (SDRC) in collaboration with CFNS.

The Honorable Minister commended the comprehensive framework of “Odisha Millets Mission” and said such end to end approach should be taken up for nutrition sensitive agriculture initiatives.

The Honorable Minister reinforced the commitment of government to inform the nutrition status of mother and child and suggested a coordinated approach for East India states to address malnutrition. If these states improve nutrition outcomes, then India will be able to achieve the nutrition mission as well as SDG goals. He urged for a “Purvodaya Poshan Consultation” which will bring together diverse stakeholders from these states for dialogue and learning from each other’s best practices. He also said he will write to respective state governments as well as key ministries including MoWCD, HRD, Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal husbandry, Water Sanitation, Social Welfare, Tribal Welfare, etc. to concert a collaborative effort.

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“Mandia”- The Mascot of Krushi Odisha 2020 of Government of Odisha

Odisha Millets Mission News | January 23, 2020

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“Mandia” – The Mascot of Krushi Odisha 2020

Millets were prominently grown crops in the rainfed regions of Odisha. They played a very important role in the diet of tribal communities. Millets are climate-resilient crops and have high nutritive values. They helped to mitigate dry spells and address nutrition security of the tribal communities.

In this context, the Government of Odisha has launched Odisha Millets Mission in 2017 to revive millets in farms and on plates. Odisha Millets Mission aims to increase household consumption, set up decentralized processing units to reduce drudgery, improve productivity, the formation of FPOs and inclusion of millets in ICDS, MDM and PDS. OMM is a unique programme which brings Government, Academia, farmers and NGOs together for benefit of millet farmers.

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Millet Mission Report | Krushi Odisha 2020 – ମାଣ୍ଡିଆ ମିଶନ ପାଇଁ ଦେଶରେ ନାଁ କଲା ଓଡ଼ିଶା
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Odisha Millets Mission is being implemented in 72 blocks spread across 14 districts with a budgetary outlay of Government of Odisha has allocated Rs 536.92 Cr. Odisha Millets Mission reached out to 51045 farmers in the FY 2019-20. Out of different millets, Finger millet (Mandia) and little millet (Suan/Gurji) cover most of the area in the state of Odisha. Finger millet (Mandia) is the major crop covering more than 80% of the area. Finger millet (Mandia) is especially nutritious. As per CSIR-CFTRI, It has 34 times more calcium than rice, 7 times more iron than rice, 4 times more minerals and 13 times more fibre than rice. State Agriculture Policy of Odisha has also emphasized on the promotion of millets (nutri-cereals) for better nutritional security.

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Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo | Krushi Odisha 2020 | Inaugural Speech
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Realising the nutritive values of finger millet (Mandia), Government of Odisha has procured 17985 Qntl of Finger millet (Mandia) in FY 2018-19. This was distributed in PDS to 16.01 Lakh households. In addition, a procurement target of 1 lakh quintals of finger millet (Mandia) has been set by Government for the FY 2019-20.

In addition, the Government of Odisha has approved the inclusion of Ragi ladoo in the ICDS as additionally. It is also taking up pilots in the inclusion of ragi based products in ICDS through a technical partnership with CSIR-CFTRI. Government of India and Niti Aayog have recognized OMM as the best model and asked all the states to adopt the model.

Emphasizing the importance of Finger millet (Mandia) to the culture and history of Odisha, Government of Odisha has selected “Mandia” as a mascot for the Krushi Odisha 2020.

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Government of India (GoI) asks states to learn from Odisha Millet Mission (OMM) model

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The National Mission on Nutri Cereals was launched during the National Workshop on Nutri Cereals at Pune on 28th September 2018. It was launched by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Agriculture Minister, GoI. The event saw representatives of many state governments, agriculture experts, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs and farmers.

Dr Ashok Dalwai, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and CEO National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), appreciated the work of OMM and requested all the states to adopt and learn from the OMM model for its emphasis on reviving millets in farms and on plates. He requested Government of Odisha to issue guidelines of the OMM, to be shared with other state governments. GoI will establishes a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Millets under the leadership of IIMR at Odisha to support Odisha Millet Mission.

The Odisha Millet Mission is one of the flagship projects of WASSAN. WASSAN was involved with the mission right from programmer design, coordination, implementation (with partner NGOs) and management of the mission.

Dr Saurabh Garg IAS, Principal Secretary, Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment spoke about the Odisha Millet Mission(OMM), an initiative of the Government of Odisha in reviving millets.  He said it is a unique programme that emerged from consultations with civil society (RRA Network & ASHA Network), Academia (NCDS) and Government of Odisha. The programme was designed based on successful grassroots experiences.

Dr M Muthukumar IAS, Director, Agriculture & Food Production, Odisha gave a detailed presentation on the OMM. It is one of the first agriculture initiatives whose primary objective is to increase local consumption instead of production. He detailed the objectives of OMM as follows:

  1. Increase consumption of millets in rural and urban areas
  2. Setup decentralized processing units
  3. Improve productivity
  4. Better marketing for better price realization
  5. Inclusion of millets in ICDS, MDM and PDS.

Many promotional rallies, food festivals, and competitions were organized both in rural and urban areas to change the mindset of people around millets. Massive awareness campaigns were launched.

He said that Government of Odisha has already allocated 100 crores for procurement of millets. As Minimum Support Price(MSP) is there only for ragi in FY 2018-19, ragi will be procured through Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation (TDCC). An IT system has been set in place to ensure money is transferred to farmers within 3 days. An inter-departmental committee has been formed at secretary level and director level to track the progress on a fortnightly basis and farmer registration is in progress.

Millet Evening Snacks served to the Staff of IT Company in Bhubaneswar

Millet Mission Update | February 19, 2018

Government of Odisha has launched special programme for promotion of millets in tribal areas. One of the important components of the programme is to promote consumption of millets in rural and urban areas. In order to increase the awareness among the urban populace of the city, a Millet Urban Internship programme was launched by the State Secretariat under the project.

Under this project, awareness campaigns and recipe testing events will be conducted in various institutions, places and locations.

As part of urban internship programme, a millet recipe tasting was conducted in Sidda Development Research Agency (SDRC) for their staff. The session started with brief discussion on millets with the staff of SDRC.

Ms Aashima Choudhury, WASSAN explained the following:-

  • Nutritious Aspects
  • Historical and cultural significance
  • Low Ecological footprint
  • Climate change (Drought) resilience aspects
  • Various millet recipes

This was followed by a recipe tasting event. Following millet snack dishes were served to 100 people

  1. LITTLE MILLET IDLI
  2. MIXED MILLET BISCUITS (LITTLE MILLET, FINGER MILLET AND FOXTAIL MILLET)
  3. RAGI VADA
  4. FOXTAIL MILLET HALWA

The event received a very positive response. Many people were surprised that millets had such a rich history and tasty. Many people interested to bring millets into their diet at least once a week. SDRC also took a decision to serve only millet biscuits in all their office events going forward.

Chief Economic Advisor Appreciates Millet Mission Odisha as innovative public policy initiative to combat climate change

Millet Mission Odisha Update | February 19, 2018

Picture1Odisha Economic Association held its 50th Golden Jubilee celebration from 10th February 2018 to 12th February 2018. This event was hosted by Odisha Economic Association at Nabakrushna Choudhury Center for Development Studies. Around 400 participants from economics background attended the event. Many eminent economists from and outside Odisha participated in the meeting.

Key note address of the event was delivered by Dr Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to Government of India. He spoke on the economic survey. “In this keynote address, he touched up on various subjects. On agriculture, he mentioned that as agriculture is a state subject, Like GST Centre and State has to come together to resolve the agrarian crises.

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Picture3He said that many times policy suggestions may not become concrete schemes very soon. He congratulated NCDS on the role it played in transforming public policy discourse on millet into action oriented programme. He referred to his climate change chapter in the economic survey and also said Millet Mission Odisha is good model in this regard.

Millet Kheer was also served during the lunch. In addition, millet snacks such as biscuits and ladoos were also served to Dr Arvind Subramanian. CEA appreciated taste of millet snacks and suggested these should be promoted widely.

Press Release for SKOCH Award 2017 to Millet Mission Odisha

Date 23 Dec 2017 (Farmer’s/Kishan Day)

The Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas (Millet Mission Odisha) has won the SKOCH Award 2017 – Silver and SKOCH Order-of-Merit. These were conferred at the 50th SKOCH summit held at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, 20-21 December 2017.

The SKOCH Order-of-Merit was conferred to the Millet Mission Odisha for being among the top 30 Transformational Innovation Projects in India. From among these, Millet Mission Odisha was selected and conferred the SKOCH Award 2017 – Silver at the concluding session of the 50th SKOCH summit. The selection of these awards went through a rigorous process: scrutiny of application, jury evaluation based on presentation, online voting, and experts opinion plus delegates voting at the Summit.

The innovation for the Programme lies in the institutional architecture where Government of Odisha (through Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment under the aegis of Planning and Convergence Department), Civil Society (led by Watershed Support Services Network (WASSAN) as Programme Secretariat) and Academia (Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) as State Secretariat) have come together to complement and supplement each other for a people-centric initiative to facilitate nutrition security and address climate resilience.

In this endeavour, Government, Civil Societ, and Academia have come together from day one starting from conception, to planning, to preparing guidelines, to implementation. The institutional architecture has been designed to draw upon the advantages of each entity, but also by providing space for flexibility that is required for a collective endeavour and to address emerging concerns.

To address the demand versus supply mismatch (or Chicken-Egg paradox), a framework with concurrent emphasis on production, consumption, processing, and marketing has been designed

The implementation of the programme brings together science and tradition. The knowledge of improved agronomic practices (line transplantation and system of root intensification) and use of suitable equipment (for instance, weeder) was superimposed on the understanding of local biodiversity and existing agricultural practices.

In its first year of implementation (Khari 2017), the programme is operational in 28 blocks across seven districts (Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada, and Rayagada) Millet production has been taken up in 7,444 acres by 13,457 farmers. The Project Director, Agricultural Technology Management Agency (PD, ATMA) is the nodal agency at the district level who along with the Programme Secretariat work at each block with the Facilitating Agencies (FAs) to implement the programme through the Community Based Organisations (CBOs).The crop cutting experiments have been promising with yield measured at 4-8 quintals/acre for line transplantation and at 6.5 to 14 quintals/acre for System of Root Intensification (SRI). The Government of Odisha is planning to extend the programme to 27 additional blocks in Kharif 2018.

Initiatives are being taken for the pilot inclusion of millets in State Nutrition Programmes (SNPs – Anganwadi’s, Mid-day Meals and Ashram Schools) and linking them to the Public Distribution System (PDS).An urban internship has been launched to spread knowledge on the health benefits, create awareness on contemporary as also traditional recipes, and provide a market for the produce.

Millet Mission Odisha will be an important partner in the initiative on National Nutrition Mission and in spirit is with the Government of India’s call to the United Nations to make 2018 as the International Year of Millets.

The application for consideration of SKOCH Innovation Award 2017 was submitted by NCDS the State Secretariat for the Mission. The Director of NCDS, Professor Srijit Mishra who is also spearheading the activities of the State Secretariat had made the presentation for jury evaluation in November 2017. He has received the awards at the 50th SKOCH summit on behalf of all the stakeholders of Millet Mission Odisha.

 

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SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award being conferred to Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas being received by Professor Srijit Mishra, Director, and NCDS on 20 December 2017 at Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, and NewDelhi. From Left to right: Mr Nirmal Bansal, Mr Rohan Kochchar, Prof Srijit Mishra, Dr CR Das

 

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SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award being conferred to Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas being received by Professor Srijit Mishra, Director, and NCDS on 20 December 2017 at Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. From Left to right: Mr Nirmal Bansal, Mr Rohan Kochchar, Prof Srijit Mishra

 

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Millet Mission Delegates with SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award at Constitution Club of India, 20 December 2017. From Left to right: Ms Diptimayee Jena, Dr CR Das, Mr Pankaj Kumar, Mr RameswarMirdha, Prof Srijit Mishra, Mr SadanandaMajhi, Mr RamaniRanjan Nayak, Ms RashmiRekhaSamal

 

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SKOCH Award 2017 – Silver being conferred to Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas being received by Professor Srijit Mishra, Director, NCDS on 21 December 2017 at MavlankarSabhagrih, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. From Left to right: Mrs.ManishaKochhar, Mrs.PratibhaPhatak, Dr GursharanDhanjal, Dr. DB Phatak, Mr. NK singh, Mr. Sameer Kochhar, Dr. M Ramachandran, Prof.Srijit Mishra, Prof.VNAlok, Mr. Rohan Kochhar, Mr.Nirmal Bansal

 

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SKOCH Award 2017 – Silver being conferred to Special Programme for Promotion of Millets in Tribal Areas being received by Professor Srijit Mishra, Director, NCDS on 21 December 2017 at MavlankarSabhagrih, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. From Left to right: Mr. NK singh, Mr. Sameer Kochhar, Prof. Srijit Mishra